Res­i­dents win bat­tle to re­store true plant name

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MELINDA BRAD­FORD

RED­BRIDGE res­i­dents have won a lengthy fight to have a mis­spelt sign in their street cor­rected.

Ken Al­bion has been cam­paign­ing along­side fel­low res­i­dents for the past three years to have their street name re­stored to its orig­i­nal cor­rect spell­ing, “Gre­vil­lea”.

The cam­paign be­gan when the for­mer Isis Shire Coun­cil amended its of­fi­cial records of the street’s name to read “Gre­vil­lia” in April 1998.

Af­ter voic­ing strong op­po­si­tion against the mis­spelt sign, Mr Al­bion as­sumed the is­sue was re­solved when the street sign re­mained un­changed.

But late last year Mr Al­bion no­ticed coun­cil work­ers at the signpost erect­ing a new sign that read “Gre­vil­lia” Dr.

Coun­cil claimed at the time that the sig­nage was changed due to a pos­si­ble con­fu­sion with Gre­vil­lea Crt in Woodgate, and there was a risk of mail be­ing de­liv­ered in­cor­rectly.

But Mr Al­bion said in the 23 years he had been a res­i­dent, his mail had never been mixed up.

Mr Al­bion, a teacher spe­cial­is­ing in English, said he found the sign “of­fen­sive” as “Gre­vil­lia” did not ex­ist in the English lan­guage.

In re­sponse to the com­plaints, Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil has now

❝ Ken Al­bion We were de­lighted with the res­o­lu­tion to re­store the name of Gre­vil­lea to its orig­i­nal.

erected a new sign and cor­rected all coun­cil records to read “Gre­vil­lea”.

Mr Al­bion said he and his fel­low neigh­bours were thrilled with the coun­cil’s co-oper­a­tion.

“Gre­vil­lea ... is both his­tor­i­cally and botan­i­cally and lin­guis­ti­cally the cor­rect way to spell it,” he said.


UN­WANTED SIGN: Ken Al­bion and Bernie Wall­bridge were among a num­ber of res­i­dents who found this "Gre­vil­lia" Drive sign of­fen­sive and cam­paigned to re­in­state its cor­rect spell­ing.

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